The purpose of the AUMA’s Housing Hub is to serve as a central source of information, resources, and strategies that can assist elected officials and administrators of Alberta’s small and mid-sized municipalities to address issues of housing affordability.
Affordable housing is integral for a community to offer a welcoming place to live, work and start a business. High rents and housing prices can threaten a community’s economic growth and lead to social issues that can negatively impact the quality of life for residents. In 2013, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities reported that the average home price in Canada increased by 67 per cent since 2000 but household incomes only increased by 13 per cent over the same period. Over the same decade, only 10 per cent of new housing has been rental while one third of Canadians are renters. These statistics demonstrate why affordable housing has become a key concern for governments. The supply and diversity of non-market and market-affordable housing is key to building strong communities that offer affordability and livability for all individuals and families.
The title, Housing Hub: A Guide for Alberta Municipalities, is representative of its role as an educational tool. You do not need to read everything. The Hub is designed so you can pick and choose the information that is relevant to your knowledge of housing affordability or personal interests as it pertains to your local community. Select from any of the topics below.
If you have suggestions that will improve the Housing Hub, please email us so that we can continue to update the hub to deliver quality information for Alberta’s municipalities.
Pages in this section
- What is affordable housing?
- How can housing affordability impact my community?
- An explanation of Alberta's non-market housing system
- How municipalities can act
- Funding and resources
- AUMA recommendations
- Current events in the housing sector